Violet Audrey MacGillivray

December 2, 1925 – April 15, 2021
Audrey MacGillivray passed away peacefully at the age of 95, early on the morning of April 15, at the Madison Care Centre, in Coquitlam British Columbia.
She was born December 2, 1925 to Herbert and Dorthy Plumley, in Ringwood England, on the edge of the New Forest.
Audrey grew up in the south of England, attending local schools and ultimately training to be a nurse. In the early 1950’s, she made her way north to Edinburgh, Scotland where she met her future husband, Patrick.
Family folklore has them meeting as a result of her being asked to assist Patrick in the repair of a faulty hospital record player for a dance. This take charge approach would serve their partnership in 60 years of marriage.
In 1957, Patrick and Audrey emigrated to Fort William, Canada, with two new daughters, and quickly settled into the community. While raising an active young family, now with the addition of a son, she enjoyed summers at camp on Shebandowan Lake, and traveling.
A trip around Europe in a Volkswagen camper, with the family, provided for plenty of stories of Audrey in her elements.
In later years, she immersed herself in worthy causes, such as Meals on Wheels, co-chairing the Thunder Bay Christmas Cheer, and toiled as a trustee for the Thunder Bay Community Foundation from 1977 to 1979. She was also past president of the Westmount-Hogarth Hospital board.
Audrey and Patrick retired to Courtney, British Columbia in 1989, where they enjoyed their new west coast life of gardening, continued travel, and making new friends through Scottish country dancing. A fierce tennis player, Audrey took up golf, at this later stage in life, and approached it with the same competitive intensity, as everything else she did.
She joins Patrick, who passed away in 2013 and leaves her younger brother John, her two daughters Alison and Anna (Kevin), her son Sandy (Sandy). Also, her grandchildren Jamie, Trevor, Olivia and Campbell, Christine, Jaclyn and Garrett. As well, her great-grandson, August.
She is predeceased by her grandchild Alexandra.
The family are grateful to the Madison for their care and sensitivity during Audrey’s time with them.
Audrey’s cremated remains will be interred in the family plot on Courtney, once the pandemic travel and social restrictions are lifted. Donations can be made to the Thunder Bay Community foundation; www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/tbaycf/ Obituary


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